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Depot Theatre alum to play title role in hilarious AN ACT OF GOD

The cast of the Depot Theatre’s AN ACT OF GOD (L-R): Lori Funk, Suzanne Kimball, Antony Watkins.

Westport, NY – The Depot Theatre is pleased to announce the cast for its main stage production of AN ACT OF GOD, with performances from July 19-August 4.

The one-act play by David Javerbaum, who has written for many comedians, including Jon Stewart, began as a “series of tweets” and a satirical book before being written as a play. The 2015 Broadway show starred Jim Parsons (of THE BIG BANG THEORY), and was later played by Sean Hayes (Jack on NBC’s WILL & GRACE).

“Audiences have asked us to choose material that is more exciting and edgy,” said Kenney Green, the Depot Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director. “This play is just that; it includes some content meant for mature audiences, but has a lighthearted, humanitarian feel that is respectful of the context.”

Green cast Lori Funk in the title role for the production. “Lori is an excellent comedienne,” said Green. “I have seen AN ACT OF GOD two times on Broadway, and after witnessing Lori’s talent in the Depot’s 2018 production of THE 39 STEPS, I knew that no one else could play the role of God but her!”

Lori Funk is thrilled to be spending her second season at The Depot. “I’ve clearly got some Big Shoes to fill,” said Funk. “But I know that, with Kenney, John, and the fantastic folks at The Depot, (plus a touch of divine inspiration), this production should make you laugh, think, and maybe even walk away with a few new perspectives on the Guy  – or Gal, in this case –  upstairs.”

Funk’s experience includes: Off Broadway: THREE ON A COUCH (SoHo Playhouse), LOOKING FOR THE PONY (McGinn Cazale), THIRST (First Light at HERE), STIFF (Barrow Group). Other: SPRING AWAKENING, BABY WITH THE BATHWATER, OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD, VAMPIRE LESBIANS OF SODOM, THE 39 STEPS, ALL MY SONS. TV: LAW & ORDER, SVU, ONION NEWS, WHAT WOULD YOU DO? Film: FOUREYES, DIRTY MOONIE, ACTING HER AGE, THE PRICE, EDEN COURT.  Web Series: HUMAN TELEGRAPHS. Her one-woman show, TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE, was last seen at Don’t Tell Mama in NYC. She has been a proud Actors’ Equity Association member since 1998.

The role of the angel Michael will be played by Suzanne Kimball. Kimball’s credits include:  A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (Majestic Theater), SMELL OF THE KILL (Chenango River Theatre), BECKY SHAW (Centenary Stage), THE NORMAN CONQUESTS, BOEING BOEING  (Winnipesaukee Playhouse), ANGEL STREET (Cider Mill Playhouse), PLAY BY PLAY: UNCHAINED (Stageworks/Hudson), AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY (White Plains Performing Arts Center), THE LADIES MAN (Cortland Repertory Theatre), and KING LEAR (Gallery Players).

The role of the angel Gabriel will be played by Antony Watkins. Antony has returned to the Depot for his fourth year as Technical Director, and third year performing. Audiences might remember him as the drummer for The TAFFETAS, and ALWAYS… PATSY CLINE. This year he is very excited to be part of the cast for AN ACT OF GOD, and to be the Technical Director once again. Antony is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, and is heading into his final year at The Actors Studio Drama School where he is studying for an MFA in acting.

The production is directed by Broadway veteran John Treacy Egan. He has appeared in MY FAIR LADY, CASA VALENTINA, NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT, SISTER ACT, THE LITTLE MERMAID, THE PRODUCERS, JEKYLL & HYDE, and BYE BYE BIRDIE. Off-Broadway he has starred in CLINTON, DISASTER, WHEN PIGS FLY!, and BATBOY. He has also appeared on such TV/Film productions as GOTHAM, YOUNGER, THE GOOD WIFE, THE KNICK, BOARDWALK EMPIRE, NURSE JACKIE, 30 ROCK, LAW & ORDER, and the movies LAST NIGHT, and THE PRODUCERS.  He is performing his show GREAT BIG BROADWAY at the Depot Theatre on July 17.

AN ACT OF GOD is sponsored by Mountain Lake PBS. Performances run July 20- August 4, with a $20 preview on June 19.

Tickets and information are available by calling the box office at 518.962.4449 or online at depottheatre.org.

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Favorite Depot Alums back for The 39 Steps

Westport, NY — A mix of popular alumni and some new faces will take the Depot Theatre stage for The 39 Steps, the second main stage production of the theatre’s milestone 40th anniversary season. Depot alums Jonathan Hadley and Missy Dowse will be joined by Lori Funk and Katrina Michaels, both new to the Depot family.  The production will be directed by another Depot alumni, Amy Griffin, who has both directed and acted at the theatre in previous seasons. 

Jonathan Hadley

Depot audiences will remember Jonathan Hadley from his onstage Depot appearances in Born Yesterday, Pete ‘N Keely, and Savin’ Up for Saturday Night, and for his offstage work as the Interim Producing Director for the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

Hadley was seen on Broadway and in the First National Tour of Jersey Boys, as “Bob Crewe”, a role he eventually performed over 2000 times. Off-Broadway credits include Shaw’s Widowers Houses, Finian’s Rainbow and Peg O’ My Heart.  Other tours include The Bodyguard, Into The Woods, Joseph..., Fiddler on the Roof (with Theo Bikel) and Forbidden Broadway. Jonathan holds a BFA in Acting from the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts and an MFA in Directing from Brooklyn College. Hadley will be playing the role of Richard Hannay at the Depot in The 39 Steps this season. “I’m thrilled to be back at the Depot to help celebrate 40 years of theatre in the Adirondacks!” he said.

Missy Dowse

Missy Dowse is thrilled to return to the Depot for the second time after playing “Blue Girl” in SHOUT! The Mod Musical in 2016. She will be playing the role of Pamela/Annabella/Margaret in the Depot’s production of The 39 StepsHer credits include, National Tour: Gypsy (Louise). NYC: The Battles (Machiavelli). Regional: East Coast premiere of Summer of Love (Holly) at Ogunquit Playhouse, Young Frankenstein (Inga) and The Producers (Ulla) at Fulton Theatre, Gypsy (Louise), Young Frankenstein (Inga) and Mary Poppins at MSMT, The All Night Strut at Portland Stage, Kiss Me Kate (Lois/Bianca), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie), Nice Work If You Can Get It (Billie), Agnes of God (Agnes) with Talia Shire and Susan Sullivan. TV: SMASH.

Katrina Michaels

Katrina Michaels refers to the show as “a delightful romp” and her role as one of the Clowns as a fulfilling challenge. Katrina’s recent credits include Molly Aster in Peter and the Starcatcher at Orlando Shakespeare, Ruth in Tribes and Logainne in Spelling Bee at Florida Repertory, Viola in Twelfth Night, Sally Bowles in Cabaret, Pinkie in the World Premiere of Noel Coward’s Hoi Polloi at Theatre Row, Hermia/Snout in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lucy in Dracula, and Daisy in Rhinoceros. 

In her first show at the Depot, Lori Funk joins Michaels as the other Clown in this production of The 39 Steps. Her Off Broadway credits include Three on a Couch at SoHo Playhouse, Looking for the Pony at McGinn Cazale, Thirst at HERE, and, most recently, Stiff at The Barrow Group Theatre. TV: “Law & Order,” “SVU,” “Onion News,” “What Would You Do?” Film: FourEyes, Dirty Moonie, Acting Her Age, The Price. Web Series: Human Telegraphs. Her one-woman show, TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE, was last seen at Don’t Tell Mama in NYC.  

Lori Funk

Director Amy Griffin has taken a creative approach, casting women in the roles of the two Clowns, which are traditionally cast with male actors. “I can’t wait for audiences to see this dynamic cast perform this fast-paced, hilarious spoof,” she said. “It’s great to be able to be part of this fan favorite show for the Depot’s milestone season!”

Griffin’s directing credits include:  I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (WPPAC); Blue’s Clues Live (Nickelodeon); Annie at the Engeman Theatre (as Associate Director); and both SHOUT! The Mod Musical and The Taffetas at the Depot. As an actor, she has appeared on Broadway in How The Grinch Stole Christmas (original cast, cast recording); on the First National Tours of Seussical (starring Cathy Rigby) and Grinch; Off Broadway in The English Bride, Once Upon A Mattress (starring Jackie Hoffman) and Forbidden Broadway; and regionally as Loretta in Fly Me To The Moon (Public Theater) Alison in Fun Home (New England Regional Premiere); Sally in Talley’s Folly (Bickford/Oldcastle), the Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd, and as Rosemary in Outside Mullingar here at the Depot.

For its 40th Anniversary, the Depot Theatre brought back favorite shows from the past, and The 39 Steps was previously performed at the Depot Theatre in 2010. The 39 Steps was adapted by Patrick Barlow from the novel by John Buchan and from the movie by Alfred Hitchcock. Packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a cast of four), an onstage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance, The 39 Steps is on track to be a favorite at the Depot yet again!

The production is sponsored by Champlain National Bank. The 39 Steps performances run July 21 – August 5, with a $20 Preview on July 20. For more information and tickets, call 518.962.4449 or visit depottheatre.org.

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